STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1380

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2007

 

RE:   S.B. No. 11

      S.D. 3

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 11, S.D. 3, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EXCISE TAX ON HEALTH CARE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this bill is to stem the rising cost of health care by exempting physician services, hospital charges, and rehabilitation services from the county surcharge on excise tax.

 

     The Department of Taxation, Mayor of the County of Hawaii, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology, and several concerned individuals supported this bill.  The Hawaii Long Term Care Association supported the intent of this measure.  The Tax Foundation of Hawaii and several concerned individuals submitted comments.

 

     Your Committee has amended this bill by:

 

     (1)  Including nursing homes and facilities among the health care services exempt from the county surcharge on excise tax; and

 

     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 11, S.D. 3, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 11, S.D. 3, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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JOSHUA B. GREEN, M.D., Chair